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Húsavík: Whale Watching Tour with Guide

Húsavík: Whale Watching Tour with Guide

Embark on a whale-watching cruise in Húsavík with live commentary. Marvel at the natural beauty of Skjálfandi Bay and get up close to whales, dolphins, and sea birds. Cruise by the north coast of Iceland on a traditional oak boat with light refreshments and warm overalls included. Observe the large diversity of marine animals in Skjálfandi. Enjoy a smooth, safe sailing adventure in an Icelandic oak ship and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and some cinnamon buns on the return trip. This round-trip tour is an authentic wildlife activity operated by the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland. With informative commentary from your guide, learn why Húsavík has turned into Iceland’s whale-watching capital.

From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

Climb aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat and experience a traditional whale watching tour from Europe's whale watching capital at Húsavík. Keep warm and dry with the use of high-quality overalls and raincoats. Sail out into the bay and prepare to be captivated by the work of Mother Nature. Your specialized guide will give a safety demonstration on board the boat and then feed you live commentary on all the sights you will encounter. Skjálfandi Bay is known for its rich wildlife, including numerous types, shapes and sizes of whale. Keep a look out for the acrobatic humpback whales and giant blue whales. This is wild nature and therefore unpredictable, but your chances of seeing whales in their natural environment is very high. Sail back to Húsavík harbor and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Húsavík: Family-Run and Guided Whale Watching Tour

Húsavík: Family-Run and Guided Whale Watching Tour

Glide away on a journey to discover the fantastic world of whales in their natural habitat on a whale-watching boat tour from Húsavik. Enjoy the warmth and welcome of a family-run business, learning about these fantastic mammals from experts and animal lovers. Begin your tour by heading West towards Kinnarfjöll, passing through the best whale-watching area in Skjalfandi Bay. Learn how the waters around Húsavik are home to several species of cetaceans, including the more common Humpback and Minke whales, and rarer visitors, such as Blue, Fin, and Killer whales. Keep a lookout for White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoises, too. These magnificent creatures are a sight to behold. In addition to whale watching, marvel at breathtaking views of the dramatic Icelandic coastline and the chance to see other marine life, such as seals and sea birds. Listen to your knowledgeable guides, who offer a wealth of information about whales, their habitats, and other marine life.

Húsavík: Big Whale Safari & Puffin Island Tour

Húsavík: Big Whale Safari & Puffin Island Tour

Embark on a guided whale watching tour to Puffin Island from Húsavík. Take in the views of this island on a speedboat ride and learn about the local marine life and puffins from an experienced guide. After you have been equipped with a warm safety overall and a life vest, step aboard a modern RIB speedboat to begin your exciting adventure. Head out to the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay while your specialized guide demonstrates safety on-board and gives you live commentary on the sights encountered along the way. Your first visit will be Puffin Island during the nesting period (April 15 – August 20 approximately), where you can observe thousands of colorfully-beaked puffins, often called "the Clowns of the Ocean." The high speeds of your boat will make it more likely you will spot some of the bigger whales, such as the majestic blue whales and acrobatic humpback whales. Watching whales in their natural environment from a RIB speedboat is a unique experience.

Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Speedboat Tour

Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Speedboat Tour

Get your warm clothes and get ready for a real adventure! The tour begins with a sail to the beautiful Skjálfandi Bay. There are many whale species that are known to be accommodated in the area. For example, the Humpback whale, the Minke whale, White-beaked dolphins, porpoises… More than 10 different species visit Skjálfandi every year! The speedy RIB boats make it more likely to have a close encounter with the giants, being able to drive huge amounts of miles in the trip. Also, with only 12 passengers or fewer on board, the competition for the best view on board is certainly eliminated. Among the places, we will visit Lundey (Puffin Island)*, known for its great amount of the popular bird. Passengers will also see the Tjörnes peninsula, known for its fossil layers with the most ancient one being two million years old! An expert whale-watching guide, a captain on board, a warm water-resistant overall suit, and a life vest are included in this trip. Bring your hat and gloves with you – the bay can be pretty cold! So, when will you join us? *Puffin season is ca. 15th of April-20th August. Outside that time of the year, our tours are Big Whales exclusive!

Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

Do something different on your visit to Iceland and look for wildlife aboard a traditional wooden sailing ship. Discover the magic of the ocean and get back to nature off the north coast of Iceland. Depart from the harbor in Húsavík and spend 3 hours aboard the oak ship looking for whales and other marine life. Experience the traditional coastal culture of Iceland as you get hands-on and help to raise the sails. Assist the skipper as you cruise around the breathtaking bay of Skjálfandi, created over the centuries by glacial activity. Avail of the services of an attentive crew, who will supply you with warm clothing when needed. Sip tasty hot chocolate and cinnamon buns, available free of charge.

From Akureyri: Goðafoss and Húsavík Tour with Geosea Baths

From Akureyri: Goðafoss and Húsavík Tour with Geosea Baths

An easy tour to Goðafoss and Húsavík. Goðafoss is also known as the water of the gods, which played a role in the christening of Iceland. We drive to the waterfall and spend some time there, and then we head to Húsavík where we will make a stop at the Geosea baths where you can take a relaxing bath with a great view of Skjálfandaflói (Shaky Bay). The baths are with heated seawater, which is considered to be healthy for the skin. Afterwards we will take a little look at Húsavík and then head back to Akureyri, stopping at some good photo points on the way if conditions allow.

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What people are saying about Skjálfandi

Overall rating

4.5
(2,356 reviews)

Very nice activity, the guides were attentive and provided us with a lot of explanations about the animals of the bay. All the staff were friendly. We were lucky enough to see whales! It's a shame that some passengers don't always follow the instructions and always stay in the same places without wanting to bend down, as asked by the guides, so that everyone can see and enjoy.

We had fantastic weather, which isn't North Sailing's fault. But the equipment and information were really good and even if we hadn't seen any whales, it would have been a nice trip. When it came to the whales, the captain was very slow and he seemed to be rewarded for making as little noise as possible.

Whale watching was so much fun! The guide Matteo gave us a great explanation of the marine wildlife in the area. We reached straight to where the humpback whale was, so no time was wasted chasing and looking around. Great experience, just be sure to wear warm clothes.

Wonderful experience, we were very well accompanied by Miguel and Sophie and took full advantage of this magical moment!

A really great tour! Truly recommend this company. Great experience.